Thursday, October 27, 2016
Say it ain't so, Alex
Apparently so. The latest absurd apology comes from none other than Jeopardy's Alex Trebek. Some U.S. Irish pressure group - I never even knew such groups existed - got all hot and bothered over a harmless joke that Alex made on Jeopardy. One contestant told him that "he had visited all 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland and has hill walked all of its highest peaks." Alex asked if he had been drinking when he did it.
This horrible, awful, downright evil joke (not) got some group called the Ancient Order of Hibernians rushing onto the web to scream and shout. Seems that Alex's joke slammed Irish-Americans as drunkards.
Yeah, I know it makes no sense. Trebek was just wondering if his young contestant had been completely sober on his around-and-about hill-and-dale walking trip, with no reference at all to where the trip took place. But now Alex has called up the Hibernians (wherever Hibernians hang out) and apologized. Upon further review of the tape, Trebek detected a "lilt" in his voice that some might have taken for an Irish brogue.
Oh boy. I did a few crazy things in my youth and sometimes people asked if I had been under the influence at the time. So I'm going to find all those people and demand apologies for their slurs on my ancestors, whoever my ancestors might be. Hey, I could be part Irish!